Jun 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Science M.S.


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Admission Requirements


In addition to University requirements for admission, the applicant must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Complete all requirements for admissions to the Graduate School before the end of the first semester of graduate course work. (See “Admission to Graduate School”)
  • Have an overall grade point average of a minimum of 2.6 or a minimum 2.85 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • NOTE: M.S. in Environmental Science program no longer requires the GRE for admissions.

Admission may be granted for students with less than the minimum grade point average or test scores following a conditional period of 12-15 hours of enrollment in graduate work with no grade below a “B.” Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than biology or environmental science may be required to complete specific leveling courses.

In addition to meeting the above-mentioned admission requirements, international students desiring to pursue the Master of Science degree in biology or environmental science must submit one of the following minimum test scores (for all requirements see the International Students - Applicants webpage: http://wtamu.edu/student-support/international-applicants.aspx):

  • TOEFL - score of 233 (computer based); 90-91 (iBT); or 575-477 (paper based)
  • IELTS - score of 6.5 overall
  • PTE - score of 62

Major in Environmental Science


(Major Code: 5105)

Areas of Specialization


  • General Environmental Science
  • Human and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Air Quality and Atmospheric Science

Requirements


Student must complete 36 credit hours including core, specialization, and elective courses.

Environmental Science M.S.


General Environmental Science Specialization


Master of Science Degree Core Requirements–listed above (20 hours)

Elective Courses in Specialization Area (10 hours)

Agriculture, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering technology, and environmental science.

Additional Requirements for Thesis Option (6 hours)

Additional Requirements for Non-Thesis Option (6 hours)

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment Specialization


Master of Science Degree Core Requirements–listed above (20 hours)

Courses in Specialization Area (10 hours)

Additional Requirements for Thesis Option (6 hours)

Additional Requirements for Non-Thesis Option (6 hours)

Air Quality and Atmospheric Science Specialization


Master of Science Degree Core Requirements–listed above (20 hours)

Courses in Specialization Area (10 hours)

  • 3 (if not taken as ENVR 3092 at the undergraduate level)
  • Note: course numbers are subject to change.

  • 1-6 (if not taken as ENVR 3092 at the undergraduate level)
  • Note: course numbers are subject to change.

  • Electives in agriculture, biology, chemistry, engineering technology, or environmental science 4-10
Additional Requirements for Thesis Option (6 hours)

Additional Requirements for Non-Thesis Option (6 hours)

Note:

For this specialization in air quality and atmospheric science, it is recommended that students take the following courses as leveling work (if not already taken for the B.S. degree):

  • GESC/GEOG 3313 - Meteorology
  • GESC 3303 - Oceanography
  • CHEM 3511 - Analytical Chemistry
  • MATH 2413 - Calculus I (or equivalent)

It is encouraged that students who choose the Air Quality and Atmospheric Science specialization have interests in the following specific area(s):

  • Atmospheric or Oceanographic Dynamics
  • Atmospheric or Oceanographic Thermodynamics
  • Physical Meteorology of Physical Oceanography
  • Synoptic Meteorology (or Weather Systems) or Synoptic Oceanography
  • Or any advanced courses related to the above mentioned courses

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